7TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Live results
Several Championships Records and World Junior Records bit the dust before all was said and done in Budapest. Now that the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships have concluded, let’s take a look at the top 5 performances for both men and women.
Look for a follow-up post for the men’s swims.
Top 5 Female Races at 2019 FINA World Junior Championships
#1 – Alba Vazquez‘s 4:38.53 400 IM
Nabbing Spain’s sole gold in Budapest, 17-year-old Alba Vazquez clocked not only a new Championships Record but a new World Junior Record in the women’s 400m IM. The teen dipped well under the 4:40 threshold for a new lifetime best of 4:38.53, laying waste to her previous PB of 4:40.65 she produced just weeks ago in Kazan to take European Junior Championships gold.
Vazquez’s new WJR time would have finished 7th in the stacked women’s 400m IM final in Gwangju this year, finishing ahead of Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos’ 4:39.15 and France’s Fantine Lesaffre’s 4:39.68.
#2 – Lani Pallister‘s 4:05.42 400 Free
Australian teen Lani Pallister swept the women’s 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events to wind up being named FINA’s Female Swimmer of the Meet. Her trio of victories all represented best times for the Cotton Tree athlete, but her 400m free was particularly impressive. Her winning effort of 4:05.42 overtook the previous World Junior Championships Record held by fellow Aussie Tamsin Cook and now ranks Pallister as the 3rd fastest 17-year-old female ever and 8th fastest female of any age from Australia.
Additionally, Pallister’s time would have rendered her the 7th place finisher in the women’s 400m free event in Gwangju.
#3 – Gretchen Walsh‘s 53.74 100 Free
American 16-year-old Gretchen Walsh dipped under the 54-second threshold in the women’s freestyle for the first time in her young career en route to World Junior Championships gold. She clocked a new personal best mark of 53.74, blowing away her previous career-fastest entering this competition of the 54.13 she notched at this summer’s U.S. Nationals. She also split 53.01 on the anchor of the women’s 400 medley relay, on the last day of the meet no less, to back it up.
With her swim, Walsh is aggressively inching closer to Olympic icon Missy Franklin‘s National Age Record of 53.63 set back at the 2011 U.S. Nationals, now sitting just .11 away. Walsh did overtake Olympic champion in this event, Simone Manuel‘s PB from this age group of 53.86 that was ranked #2 behind Franklin.
#4 – Erika Fairweather‘s 1:57.96 200 Free
At just 15 years of age, Erika Fairweather single-handedly delivered New Zealand’s only medal of these Championships, topping the women’s 200m free podium in a time of 1:57.96. That outing not only denied the aforementioned Pallister her 4th gold, but it represents the teen’s fastest-ever time and first performance ever under the 1:58 barrier.
Fairweather’s previous lifetime best sat at the 1:58.84 she clocked as lead-off on the Kiwi women’s 4x200m freestyle relay at this year’s senior World Championships.
With her performance in Budapest, Fairweather now ranks as the 2nd fastest New Zealand 200m freestyler ever, sitting only behind Olympian Lauren Boyle whose fastest swim checks in as the New Zealand National Record of 1:56.82 notched back in 2014.
#5 – Torri Huske‘s 57.71 100 Fly
Torri Huske of the United States powered her way to gold in the women’s 100m fly, earning a new personal best of 57.71 in the process. That performance sliced almost a tenth off of her old National Age Group (NAG) Record of 57.80 put up at this year’s U.S. National Championships.
When Huske first set the NAG, she broke a 38-year-old legendary record from Mary T. Meagher of 57.93. The teen’s time in Budapest would have barely missed out on this year’s senior World Championships final.